Easter is about Jesus!

Hello all,
 
Easter is about Jesus!
 
It’s an important week for all of us.  Why, because it is in honor of what our Lord Jesus Christ did for each of us (and all mankind) about 2000 years ago.  This year, I intend to somehow, even if just in my mind and spirit, try to honor Him with my worship.  Not that I have to do something big or exceptional, but something to intentionally worship Him in a closer manner than normal.  Pray for me and perhaps you can come up with your own intentional worship over this year’s Easter! (Perhaps it may extend even beyond this week and begin a renewed and fresh time of faith in your walk with Him! I pray this will be the case!) 
 
Having a day off work on Good Friday and on Easter Monday is something new for me and my family living in Switzerland.  On one hand, I appreciate the time off work so I can be at home and do “work” around the house.  On the other hand, it’s an official holiday here, which means I can offend my neighbors if I am caught “working” around the house.  Furthermore, if I was to make noise with a lawnmower or power trimmer, then I would really be a bad neighbor by disrupting their “peaceful” holiday.  Should this bother me that I am restricted in what I can or can’t do on my days off?  I’ve thought about this and……….the truth is, I really don’t care.  Meaning, whether I work…..or not, offend……or not, or just spend my time worrying about trying to come up with the right answer, I am missing what Easter IS about in the first place.  It’s NOT about me, or what I do.  Nor is it about being legalistic in religion or culture.  It’s about God, His love, His Son, Jesus’ death and resurrection and giving His life so I can have my life!  This is profound and this is God’s grace, salvation and perfect plan! 

We have planned a special LIFT Easter Worship Service on Sunday night at our normal 7 pm time (6:30 fellowship) at Vorstadt 30 using songs of worship throughout the message/service as we take a Journey to the Holy of Holies and understand what Jesus did for us in His death and resurrection in providing us with a personal and intimate relationship with God.  After opening the service the children will have their own program upstairs.  I hope you can attend and even bring a friend, neighbor or colleague that might be blessed from our worship of God! 
 
I close with an insert of something a read on Monday which was an encouragement for me this week to remember what my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ did for me!
 
Moving in silent desperation and Keeping and Eye on the Holy Land:
Moving in silent desperation: There are places in the world today where the desperation is all but silent, but for a lot of us in America and Europe, this is an accurate description of our lives. We are moving about – we are busy with many things – but we are silently desperate. We may not even know what the desperation is, but no matter, it is still there. We may be financially secure – we may even be believers with lots of faith – but the desperation is still there, because it is part of the human condition.
Keeping an eye on the holy land: This is the week many will take notice of what happened in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. Most people know that Easter is not really about eggs, bunnies, and spring. It’s about remembering the events of a holy week in a holy land. And those events are important, because what happened there is the only thing that can adequately address the silent desperation in everyone’s heart. God came. God conquered. God offers hope because of it. And Christ will return some day in the same way in which he left to take all who believe to an eternal home far removed from any kind of desperation, silent or otherwise. So, best keep an eye on that.
Meanwhile, we’ll be keeping an eye all week on what happened in the Holy Land on that most important week in history.
 
In His grip and grace,
 
Corey

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

Hello All,

“Sie” oder “Du”? As a native English speaker who does speak some German, it’s been quite the year on remembering who has given me the “Du” or not.  Many of you know exactly what I’m talking about.  At the workplace, my company’s official language is English, but there are still many discussions in German.  Some of my colleagues and I are in the “Du” and some still in the “Sie”  What’s crazy for me is that in English, everyone is “You” (but one may still be Mr. or Mrs. terms and not with the first name), but in German I have to remember who is who and who is “Du”.  The worst is when there are many in the same conversation and some are “Sie” and some are “Du” and it’s not polite to mix them up.

O.K. O.K, so what’s the point?   When Jesus was born, God got personal with each of us in a very close way.  Jesus, in some ways was God offering the “Du” to each of us personally, once and for all.  We can know His name too, Immanuel, God with us!  We can talk to Him as our best friend and walk with Him in throughout our lives!

Matthew 1:18-25
18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”-which means, “God with us.”

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
NIV

Have a wonderful Christmas!

In His grip and grace,

Corey and Tanya

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

Hello All,

THIS SUNDAY- CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION SERVICE!

As we have announced that LIFT will NOT hold Christmas Day or New Years Day services, we invite you this Sunday (Dec. 18th, 2005- 6:30pm) for our LIFT Christmas Celebration Service.  We will worship our Lord in singing a few Christmas carols and the message of course will be the wonderful good news of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ! Children are welcome to stay throughout the service as they too will be blessed to hear how the Bible (and not the Santa Claus marketing of today) really tells the true story of Christmas (in an entertaining way)!

When we begin our JAMES study again on January 8th, we will pick up right where we left off in chapter 1.  I hope some of you may have taken me up on my challenge to read James each week on your own (It’s less than 15-20 minutes of reading) and will keep reading it over the Christmas weeks.  It was nice to read an e-mail recently of one who IS reading James alongside us and IS being blessed with these treasures of God’s Word!

Regarding James, I have a quick personal word of encouragement of how the Word of God in the first few verses “touched” me, even this morning.  Tanya and I had a bit of frustration yesterday evening with a circumstance that was somewhat out of our control.  As I left the house this morning, Tanya was already on the phone attempting to deal with these matters.  As I drove out the garage, a song was playing from one of my CD’s that was divinely encouraging.  Before arriving to work 30 minutes later, the circumstance was already resolved with a positive outcome and the words of this song were still ringing in my soul.  I hope you are encouraged with these words as well!

SACRIFICE OF PRAISE

I will sing even when there is no song

I will trust even when it all seems wrong

You are faithful, You are faithful

You have shown me many times in many ways

It’s a sacrifice of praise

Hallelujah, hallelujah

Hallelujah

It’s a sacrifice of praise

I will hope even when my faith is weak

I will laugh, Lord You’ve made my joy complete

You are faithful, You are faithful

You have shown me many times in many ways

It’s a sacrifice of praise

Have a wonderful week and looking forward to celebrating Jesus’ birth this Sunday night with you at LIFT!

In His grip and grace,

Corey (and Tanya)

“SPECIAL GUEST- ZAKARIAH- SUDAN”

Hello everyone,

As the WIND blows……

A few weeks ago, we discussed how part of our LIFT ministry is to be like that of “Wind”.  This was a metaphor pointing out that as the wind goes, so shall we, the church of Christ, and LIFT, a part of His church on mission!

Tonight we have a special opportunity as the “wind has blown in” and brought a missionary speaker to us, right here in Zug, right to our LIFT ministry worship service. A missionary from Sudan, Africa is coming to share what the Lord is doing in that part of the Kingdom!  What a blessing for us, to get a glimpse into this work.  We will also have a special offering as be being a blessing back to pastor Zakaria.

In His grip and grace,

Corey and Tanya